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Agile meets Special Forces
Leadership that lives disruption
James Brett
Scott Kinder
Scotts real action video
SCREW EMBRACING
DISRUPTION
CREATE IT!
Agile and Special Forces
Two completely different
worlds
One fundamental concept…
High Performance Teams
(and leaders)
Special Forces Truth 1:
Humans are more important
than the hardware
Special Forces Truth 2:
Quality is better than
quantity
Special Forces Truth 3:
Most special operations require
non Special Force assistance
Special Forces Truth 4:
Special Forces teams cannot
be mass produced
Truth 5:
Special Forces teams cannot be
created after emergencies occur.
• Great teams succeed despite the
processes
• Spend your money on fewer, better people
• Don’t isolate HP teams
• Put HP t...
These are SOF Truths
If the military have nailed this
already, what else can we learn?
A SOF TeamA Special Forces Team
Special Forces (SF) train harder,
higher and longer to reach
exceptional levels of competency
Standard Operating
Procedures are essential to
success
Airborne Operations
Kinetic Operations
Waterborne Infiltration Techniques
Efficiency
Consistency
Speed
Reliability
TRUST!
These are the basics
Define your organisations
basic S.O.P.’s
Get EXCEPTIONAL
at them!
But the basics don’t
win wars!
Wars need disruptive
leadership
The corporate battlefield…
Leaders
Alignment
Competition
Peers
Influence
Prioritization
Stakeholder
s
Engagement Productivity Capability
Teams
KPI’s
...
So what do we do?
Special Forces have a disruptive
mindset that Plans, Lives, Adapts and
Creates disruption
It’s built into our DNA
This is my office…
Volatility
Uncertainty
Complexity
Ambiguity
This is my office…
Volatility
Uncertainty
Complexity
Ambiguity
Not skills and experience
Select
Critical Thinkers Inherent Ability
Select
Adaptability
Select
Educat
e
Growth Oriented Problem Solving
Educat
e
X-Functional
Educat
e
Empower
Leadership Creativity
Empower
Autonomy
Empower
Select
Educate
Empower
S.E.E.
Your organisation
S.E.E.
The benefits
5 Truths
SOP’s
S.E.E.
High
Performance
Who knew?
Scott Kinder
scott@thekindergroup.com
@TKGMGMT
Create DISRUPTION!
James Brett
james@curiously.com.au
@JamesCuriously
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Agile Special Forces (Agile Australia 2014)

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This talk was given in Melbourne Australia on the 18th June 2014 at Agile Australia

What happens when an Agile guy with over 17 years of experience meets a US Special Forces guy with 13 years of operational experience? By combining these two disparate yet aligned worlds this session considers successful leadership in complex and adaptive environments.

Great leaders (and teams) not only embrace disruption, but plan for it, live it and adapt to it. It’s a mindset. It’s a problem solving skill. It’s something that is built into the DNA of every Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha or Marine Special Operations Team.

We have historically ignored the middle tiers of leadership and they have become transformation impediments as a result. We call them the “Frozen Middle” and it’s time to give them some Special Forces love and attention.

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Agile Special Forces (Agile Australia 2014)

  1. 1. Agile meets Special Forces Leadership that lives disruption James Brett Scott Kinder
  2. 2. Scotts real action video
  3. 3. SCREW EMBRACING DISRUPTION CREATE IT!
  4. 4. Agile and Special Forces
  5. 5. Two completely different worlds One fundamental concept…
  6. 6. High Performance Teams (and leaders)
  7. 7. Special Forces Truth 1: Humans are more important than the hardware
  8. 8. Special Forces Truth 2: Quality is better than quantity
  9. 9. Special Forces Truth 3: Most special operations require non Special Force assistance
  10. 10. Special Forces Truth 4: Special Forces teams cannot be mass produced
  11. 11. Truth 5: Special Forces teams cannot be created after emergencies occur.
  12. 12. • Great teams succeed despite the processes • Spend your money on fewer, better people • Don’t isolate HP teams • Put HP teams on the right work • Envision your capability and build it 5 Truths
  13. 13. These are SOF Truths If the military have nailed this already, what else can we learn?
  14. 14. A SOF TeamA Special Forces Team
  15. 15. Special Forces (SF) train harder, higher and longer to reach exceptional levels of competency
  16. 16. Standard Operating Procedures are essential to success
  17. 17. Airborne Operations Kinetic Operations Waterborne Infiltration Techniques
  18. 18. Efficiency Consistency Speed Reliability
  19. 19. TRUST!
  20. 20. These are the basics
  21. 21. Define your organisations basic S.O.P.’s
  22. 22. Get EXCEPTIONAL at them!
  23. 23. But the basics don’t win wars!
  24. 24. Wars need disruptive leadership
  25. 25. The corporate battlefield…
  26. 26. Leaders Alignment Competition Peers Influence Prioritization Stakeholder s Engagement Productivity Capability Teams KPI’s Executives
  27. 27. So what do we do?
  28. 28. Special Forces have a disruptive mindset that Plans, Lives, Adapts and Creates disruption It’s built into our DNA
  29. 29. This is my office… Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity
  30. 30. This is my office… Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity
  31. 31. Not skills and experience Select Critical Thinkers Inherent Ability Select Adaptability Select
  32. 32. Educat e Growth Oriented Problem Solving Educat e X-Functional Educat e
  33. 33. Empower Leadership Creativity Empower Autonomy Empower
  34. 34. Select Educate Empower S.E.E. Your organisation S.E.E. The benefits
  35. 35. 5 Truths SOP’s S.E.E. High Performance
  36. 36. Who knew?
  37. 37. Scott Kinder scott@thekindergroup.com @TKGMGMT Create DISRUPTION! James Brett james@curiously.com.au @JamesCuriously

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